McKeesport High Duo Back From Rutgers Visit

The McKeesport (Pa.) High tandem of Delvon Simmons and Branden Jackson made official visits to Rutgers this weekend, a move that speaks to how much the Scarlet Knights want the duo since it is a rarity for them to host players during the season. Jackson and Simmons both told they enjoyed the visit despite Rutgers' 17-13 loss to North Carolina.

Two of Rutgers' top targets in the class of 2011 recruiting class returned from their official visits, and the report was both came away with positive vibes despite the Scarlet Knights' 17-13 loss to North Carolina.

McKeesport (Pa.) High's Branden Jackson,'s No. 8-rated outside linebacker, and two-way lineman Delvon Simmons both said they enjoyed their visits.

"It went well. I had a really good time," Jackson said before boarding a plane home. "It was a good visit."

Simmons said he "had a very good time" and "really enjoyed the trip."

McKeesport High coach Jim Ward said both players had a very good time and felt a bond with members of the program.

"(Jackson) liked it a lot," Ward said. "He liked the people, felt real comfortable. Overall, he liked the facilities. He said he really liked it a lot, said he liked the players, the guys that he met and really enjoyed his experience."

One of the interesting twists for Jackson was the arrival of a few family members, who live close by, to sit through some of the presentations of the visit.

"His aunt lives in Philadelphia and she came up and went to a couple of the academic meetings, so there is that aspect of it," Ward said. "I know his aunt and uncle came up and sat in on a few meetings."

This was Jackson's second official visit. He went to Texas Tech last weekend, but that will likely be his last for a while since McKeesport's schedule is filled with Friday night games for the rest of the season.

"I already told him I want him to be done for a while because he's already been out two weekends in a row," Ward said. "I want him to his nose in the books and get focused with what we're doing with our season."

Although both players could take their full allotment of five official visits, Ward is uncertain if that will happen.

"I don't know if they'll take all five (visits), but I know both guys are waiting for Oregon to come in," Ward said. "I know they both want to visit (Oregon). I just asked (Jackson) if he wanted to take all five, and he's not sure."

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